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The '85 Bears
The '85 Bears

The '85 Bears

We Were the Greatest
By Mike Ditka, By Rick Telander

SPORTS & RECREATION

256 Pages, 8 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper and CD, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper and CD, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $21.95)

ISBN 9781629371436

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Sep 2015)

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Overview

The ultimate record of a great franchise's greatest season as told by none other than Da Coach himself  In Ditka's own words, this 30th anniversary volume of The '85 Bears is packed with special features that make it the ultimate must-have treasure for every Bears fan. This updated edition features the authors' reflections on the incredible championship season as well as recaps and statistics for every regular- and post-season game bring the entire 1985 campaign to life. Interviews with fan favorites—from the Fridge to Buddy Ryan—as well as special commentary from Gary Fencik offer extra insight into the team's Super Bowl run. Capping off a truly memorable volume is a bonus audio CD that features an exclusive interview with Mike Ditka, providing even more memories from a truly golden era of Chicago football.

Author Biography

Mike Ditka coached the Chicago Bears from 1982 to 1992, leading them victory in Super Bowl XX. One of the NFL's all-time great tight ends, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988. He lives in Chicago. Rick Telander is the senior sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. A former senior writer for Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine, he is the author of eight books, including the basketball classic Heaven Is a Playground. He lives in Lake Forest, Illinois.

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The ’85 Bears: We Were the Greatest

30th Anniversary Super Bowl Edition

By Mike Ditka with Rick Telander

 

CONTACT: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312.676.4256, b.ames@triumphbooks.com

 

There are few NFL teams as memorable as the 1985 Chicago Bears and twenty-five years later this team is still top of mind with football fans across the country.

 

The ’85 Bears: We Were the Greatest (Triumph Books, October 2015) by Mike Ditka with Rick Telander is Coach Ditka’s memoir of a season Chicago will never forget and opponents would rather erase from their minds. Packed with unforgettable behind-the-scenes stories and exhilarating moments including:

 

  • The dominating win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX
  • Walter Payton phoning Ditka’s office pretending to be a woman named Yolanda
  • Jim McMahon’s enduring regard for the healing power of acupuncture
  • How a rookie named William Perry turned into a phenomenon known as “The Refrigerator”
  • A new introduction and afterword by Rick Telander that did not appear in the first edition
  • A CD featuring an exclusive interview with Coach Ditka

 

The team was filled with a cast of characters who were wildly entertaining off the field, but feared on the field. Their dominance was unstoppable and at their peak they looked like the greatest team in NFL history – and quite possibly were.

 

In The ’85 Bears, “Da Coach” takes fans along for the ride as he relives the entire 1985 season. Sprinkled with insider stories, recaps and statistics for every regular and postseason game, and top-notch photography to demonstrate their remarkable success, this book is a must-have treasure for Bears fans of all ages. 


About the Authors:

Mike Ditka coached the Chicago Bears from 1982 to 1992, leading them to a 46-10 victory over New England in Super Bowl XX. One of the NFL’s all-time great tight ends, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

 

Rick Telander is the senior sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. A former senior writer for Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine, he is the author of eight books, including the basketball classic Heaven Is a Playground.

 

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